All of You The Malibu songbird's sound — full of carefree acoustic strums and beach-ready romance — is built for blandness, so her greatest struggle has always been… All of You The Malibu songbird's sound — full of carefree acoustic strums and beach-ready romance — is built for blandness, so her greatest struggle has always been… 2011-07-12 Colbie Caillat Pop Universal Republic
Music Review

All of You (2011)

Colbie Caillat | BEACHY KEEN The Malibu songstress's third album shows increasing depth
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BEACHY KEEN The Malibu songstress's third album shows increasing depth
EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: Jul 12, 2011; Lead Performance: Colbie Caillat; Genre: Pop; Production: Universal Republic

The Malibu songbird's sound — full of carefree acoustic strums and beach-ready romance — is built for blandness, so her greatest struggle has always been breaking through all that aggressive pleasantness. Luckily, her third album, All of You, proves there's more to her than a smile and a hair toss. Caillat plays with rhythmic touches (the high-spirited handclaps on ''Brighter Than the Sun'') and adds a dollop of country heartbreak to both her voice and her lyrics. On the ruminative title track, for example, world-weary pathos practically drips off the line ''I'm 
 no good at guessing.'' Nothing here 
 is a call to arms, but Caillat's soft 
 revolution is rousing nonetheless. B+

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Originally posted Jun 29, 2011 Published in issue #1162-1163 Order article reprints